Product – Garmin Fenix 3 Review
RRP – £429.00
Cheapest Price – From £289.00
Cheapest Retailer – Amazon.co.uk
My Rating – 9.5 / 10
The Garmin fenix 3 is a GPS sport watch designed for demanding athletes and outdoor adventurers. It is powered by GPS and Glonass via the new steel EXO antenna and a brilliant colour display. Fenix 3 comes packed with multi-sport training, trail running and navigation. It introduces a tough athletic design with quality materials and smart features.
The Fenix 3 is designed to assist people during their sport activities and outdoor life. It supports performance sports like running, cycling, swimming, trail running, indoor training, cross country skiing as well as triathlon and recreational activities such as hiking, climbing and downhill skiing. It measures performance on the go, tracks activities for sharing and navigates the user back home at the end of an adventure.
Garmin fenix 3 features an ultra-strong glass-fibre housing and stainless steel buttons for extra durability. A sunlight-readable high-resolution colour chroma display with LED backlight lets you access your data in any light condition. fenix 3 is water rated to 100 metres and has a battery life of up to 50 hours in UltraTrac mode, 16 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 months in watch mode (all depending on settings).
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm ; 82 g
- Boxed-product Weight: 340 g
- Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Stainless Steel EXO antenna with GPS + GLONASS support for fast fix and accuracy
- 3.1 cm (1.2-inch) sunlight readable colour Chroma display
- Altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass with auto calibration
- Smart features like smart notification and connect IQ app support
- Advanced fitness training features including VO2 Max, running dynamics and recovery advisor
How has it helped me?
When I started running last year I was using my phone to track my runs etc. All great but I wasn’t getting a lot of info from it. Then a friend suggested getting a GPS watch. I thought it was probably a waste of time, why do I need a watch?
So I checked out reviews and shopped around and eventually came up with the Fenix 3. Since the day I bought it I have never been disappointed. Initially I just used it to track my runs with my pace and distance etc. and that was great until I really wanted to start training properly.
So more recently I have looked more at my cadence (steps per minute) to optimise the best running. I have also started to use the heart rate monitor far more – the reason for this is that with the longer Ultra marathon distance I’m not looking at pace, I’m concentrating on keeping my heart rate at a level I can keep going without tiring myself out too much. I ran at pace before and I blew out after 16 miles or so. With heart rate I’m more controlled and it’s a great way to gauge yourself.
It’s also the watch I use everyday. It’s quite big but I like that, plus you can download watch faces for it.
The other neat thing is the Garmin Connect App. The watch syncs everything to it so you can look back at a ton of data – very useful for looking at where you can and where you have improved.
All in all one of the best items I have ever bought. I just couldn’t be without it.